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03-31-2016 09:47 PM

There’s really no clever way to disguise the purpose of this post….thanks in part to some prompting from fellow LJ member, Joe Lyddon, I’m just blatantly bragging on my youngest daughter’s recent accomplishments. :-)

“Tess” is the youngest of our six kids, and just turned 17 this week. She’s a junior at Greece Odyssey Academy in Greece, NY. She’s been taking private voice lessons since the beginning of her sophomore year, and has really excelled in the short time she’s been doing it. Last December her voice teacher urged us to enter her in the prestigious 2016 Rochester Philharmonic League's Young Artist Auditions held at the Eastman School of Music. It’s open to top high school students from nine county Greater Rochester Area to compete for awards in the categories of male and female vocal, strings, piano, and instrumental. These auditions seek the highest level of talent among high school musicians, and require 3 difficult contrasting classical pieces to be played/sung from memory in front of a panel of professional judges. Five cash awards of $500 are offered for male vocalist, female vocalist, strings, piano and instrumental (woodwind, brass, percussion, harp or guitar). Two $1,000 scholarships are offered for high school juniors or seniors who plan to major in music at an accredited college or university. On March 13, 2016, Tess spent the day singing, competing, waiting, and wandering the halls of the Eastman Theater and Kilbourne Hall.

...and the winners are:

Tessa Martin Award for Female Vocalists ($500)
Winner: Tessa Spencer, soprano, grade 11, Odyssey Academy, Greece, Rena Monti

Jan DeGaetani Scholarship for Vocalists ($1000 college scholarship)
Winner: Tessa Spencer, soprano, grade 11, Odyssey Academy, Greece, Rena Monti

She’s been featured on the Greece School District website, and Facebook page, as well as on the RPO’s website and Facebook pages. Local news updates are pending. She’s the first winner of this competition for her school, her chorus teacher, and her voice teacher. The event organizers said that she will now have a small fan club from the RPO and the Eastman School that will be following her singing activities. She’s also been invited to sing in a recital at the Eastman School this summer. I couldn’t be any prouder. As parent moments go, and even “life” moments, this was right up there. Because of the Eastman School of Music and it’s impact on our community, Rochester is a bastion of musical talent, so this was no small feat for Tess to win an award like that in this city. Earlier in the day I was pinching myself wondering if she should even be here. She’s been growing musically in leaps and bounds this year and just took it all in stride. She was pretty much over the moment and had moved on with life by the time we got home, but I still haven’t recovered!

It’s been a crazy ride for the past 6 months. In a span of 4 weeks last fall, she was a semi-finalist in the NCYC Top Talent Contest, and earned an audition in Indianapolis. Two weeks later she sang with the New York State “Conference” Women’s Choir (meaning it includes students from all over the state). Less than two weeks later, she sang in the Rochester Philharmonics Holiday Pops Gala for 6 performances at the Eastman Theater. Then it was on to the Odyssey Academy’s presentation of the Sound Of Music in mid February, where she played the role of Mother Abbess, then the All County mixed chorus. In early May she’ll be singing in a Stars of Tomorrow award show that recognizes Rochester area high school musical performances.

In case you’re curious what she sounds like these days, here are a couple clips from February. Let me know if you have trouble opening them.

Climb Every Mountain from the Sound of Music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIgwKise5kk

Va Godendo by Handel: (excerpt)
https://soundcloud.com/stream

Va Godendo by Handel (entire song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC4ueW_Gbxg

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....


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#1 posted 03-31-2016 10:06 PM

Let’s watch Scott’s BUTTONS POP OFF his shirt!

He has every Right to be Very Proud!

Listen to his daughter...

Standing Ovation!

Thank you, Scott…

Fantastic!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 10:24 PM

EXCELLENT!

She has the voice of an angel. Very nice!

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 10:33 PM

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 11:29 PM

Congrats to your daughter!

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 12:12 AM

beautiful voice, congrats to your daughter.

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#6 posted 04-01-2016 12:26 AM

such a beautiful voice
and talent

way to go tess

she is to singing
what you are to shop tools dad

this knot didn’t fall
far from the tree

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 04-01-2016 12:35 AM

WOW! That’s a very talented young lady that you have raised!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-01-2016 12:35 AM

Hey Scott,

I just let the YouTube keep on a playing… and WOW!
... I let it play for hours more! Great selection of songs you pointed to! Thank you very much!

Really COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 04-01-2016 12:37 AM

R O F A L M A O !!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 04-01-2016 01:11 AM



....she is to singing
what you are to shop tools dad

- patron

LOL…. I’m trying to envision the look on face when I tell her that!

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#11 posted 04-01-2016 01:48 AM

Wow! Definitely hard to disguise that one! Congrats Dad! Do you need anyone to come pry you and you wife off the ceiling? ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-01-2016 01:53 AM

Congrats to both of you!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 04-01-2016 01:53 AM

You are shining like an 80-tooth ATB blade. Happy for you!

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#14 posted 04-01-2016 03:20 AM

Congrats to your daughter!!!!! And a proud Dad!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#15 posted 04-02-2016 01:01 AM

A great big CONGRATS to Tess and you and the rest of the proud family members Scott.

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